Language courses in the fall semester 2020

This page informs you about current measures related to the coronavirus. FAQs and answers can be found at the bottom of the page. The information is updated regularly the most recent update was on 17 July 2020.

Our fall 2020 semester courses (starting on 21 September,) will be delivered in virtual classrooms.

Language learning thrives through speaking and application. This happens in plenary sessions, group work and self-study. The current distance rules of 1.5 meters are not conducive to intensive group work. However, virtual classroom technologies like Zoom offer many helpful functions for group work and interactive, communication-oriented language learning. The learning effects are even intensified through feedback in the Zoom chat and whiteboard functions. In the spring semester 2020, we gathered valuable experience in teaching methodologies that facilitate communication, interaction, group feeling and motivation.

Experiences with these teaching methodologies are the decisive reason for conducting our courses digitally. Furthermore, we strive to maintain a wide range of courses in all languages, enable risk groups to participate in courses and enable first-semester students to start university with many face-to-face events.

To meet the various request in this regard, two to three face-to-face sessions are envisaged in each course during the semester. This will depend on the evolving corona situation and available facilities.

What are the exceptions?

These courses are foreseen to be delivered face-to-face:

Courses that are envisaged as face-to-face events can be converted to digital formats at any time, depending on the progress of the pandemic.

The individual course announcements indicate whether a course is envisaged to be conducted digitally or face-to-face. Pay attention to the designation "DIGITAL". Courses announced as digital are bindingly conducted as such.

For courses offered in cooperation with other departments, the decision about the delivery format lies with the department. This concerns:

The measures formulated here have been developed with the Office of the Vice President for Education.

Distance learning confronts us all with new forms of learning and communication. This includes additional work for lecturers. We are committed to ensuring that our course participants can study and learn and want to optimize conditions for language learning in virtual classrooms. Constantly updated information and tips on how course participants can master these challenges and benefit from the courses can be found here. Help us make the move to the virtual classroom a success!

Please note our registration deadlines. Our courses have to be cost-neutral. To offer you a wide range of courses, we need your registration within the registration deadlines.

We invite you to a free demonstration evening before the start of the semester, should you wish to gain a first-hand impression of our virtual classroom courses. Further information will follow.

Recommendation

  • Please carefully read our FAQs on distance learning, registration and de-registration conditions, assessment of required coursework, and technical support.
  • The Language Center recommends the use of the SwissCovid app and is committed to the necessary hygiene measures and tracing.
  • Participants are advised to regularly consult our homepage.
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I belong to a risk group or am in quarantine and my course is conducted face-to-face. What should I do?
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Active participation is required to receive credit points or an attendance certificate for my course. What does that mean?
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In my course there is an exam at the end of the course. What does this mean?
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The required coursework follows the portfolio principle. What does that mean?
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My course foresees that I deliver a presentation. However, I sometimes encounter technical difficulties. What can I do?
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I study at another higher education institution in Switzerland and would like to receive credit points. What must I do?
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I have problems with my internet connection. What can I do?
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The sound quality in the virtual classroom is poor. What can I do?
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I would like to send a larger file to my course instructor and/or to the other course participants. How can I do this?
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The learning platform ADAM is used in my course. I am repeatedly and over a longer period unable to log in to ADAM. What can I do?
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How long does a lesson last?
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Can I use a voucher from the Canton Basel-Stadt for a German course at the Language Center?
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I am writing a seminar paper, a final paper or a text for publication. How can I receive assistance?
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